Allianz Group in the second quarter of 2009: Net income of 1.9 billion euros up 21 percent
Quarterly net income grew by 21 percent to 1.9 billion euros, compared to 1.5 billion euros in the second quarter of 2008.
Allianz Group's capital position continues to be strong with a solvency ratio of 159 percent at June 30, 2009. Shareholders' equity increased by 4.5 percent to 34.5 billion euros as of June 30, 2009, compared to 33.0 billion euros at the end of the first quarter of 2009.
Overall, we achieved very good quarterly results. Allianz is prepared for what we perceive as 'the new normal', an ongoing challenging market environment with structurally lower returns. We remain strongly capitalized and our low risk profile allows us to withstand potential market shocks. In addition, we are well diversified from both a regional and business unit point of view, and are thus able to benefit from market upturn, said Michael Diekmann, CEO of Allianz SE.
Property and Casualty insurance
In the Property and Casualty insurance business, gross premiums written stood at 9.5 billion euros in the second quarter of 2009, compared to 9.8 billion euros in the same quarter of last year. A lower investment income and underwriting result affected operating profit which decreased by 47 percent to 0.9 billion euros, compared to 1.7 billion euros in the second quarter of 2008.
The combined ratio remained almost stable at 98.9 percent, compared to 98.7 percent in the first quarter of 2009. In the second quarter of last year, the combined ratio was 93.5 percent. The second quarter of 2009 was impacted by recession, a high number of small weather related claims, an number of large claims in France, and singular events such as the Abruzzo earthquake in Italy.
We anticipate an improvement of our combined ratio in the second half of the year. We are still seeing new business and renewal rates rising since last quarter. Also, we expect to benefit from further underwriting actions initiated in selected markets, said Helmut Perlet, CFO of Allianz SE.
Life and Health insurance
The Life and Health insurance business continued to rebound strongly during the second quarter. Statutory premium income grew by 10 percent to 11.8 billion euros in the second quarter of 2009, from 10.7 billion euros in the previous year's second quarter. Top-line growth continues to stem from greater demand for investment products with guarantees and/ or investment participation. Operating profit rose by 41 percent to 990 million euros, compared to 703 million euros in the second quarter of 2008. A very strong investment result was the main contributor to this increase.
It was an outstanding quarter for our Life and Health segment. Italy, Switzerland and Germany recorded double-digit revenue growth compared to the same period of last year. With a quarterly operating profit of 990 million euros, this was our strongest performance ever. And in this quarter, we benefitted from the underlying profitability of our Life and Health business, and also from stabilizing markets, said Helmut Perlet.
In Financial Services, quarterly revenues of 0.9 billion euros remained at the same level of the second quarter of 2008. Operating profit decreased by 49 percent to 146 million euros, compared to 285 million euros in the previous year's second quarter. The decrease is largely attributable to set-up costs of 84 million euros for Allianz Bank in Germany.
In Asset Management, net inflows and operating profit from the fixed income business continued to be strong during the second quarter of 2009, while the equities business reflects investors' preference for more conservative investments. Third-party assets under management reached a new high, amounting to 813 billion euros on June 30, 2009 after 766 billion euros at the end of first quarter 2009.
Helmut Perlet: Our fixed income business is remarkable. The three-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for operating profit is 13.8 percent. Strong net inflows, operational discipline, and the upward trend of our investment performance also underpin our consistently performing fixed income business.